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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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97
world-class

1,880 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,880
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 1,178
Gots: 146 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.
Draft & 22oz bottles.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002)
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-20-2013 07:44:32 | More by Beeradelphia
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1424IpA

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

01-23-2014 03:33:42 | More by 1424IpA
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sukwonee

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

01-19-2013 09:31:41 | More by sukwonee
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-19-2013 02:47:01 | More by jsurfs82
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rallison

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times - mostly on tap - and was never overly impressed. However, I figured I would save my review for a nice fresh bottle. Let's put it this way - I now understand the hype.

Pours a nice amber color with a 1 finger head that mostly dies but leaves a ton of lacing. Smells delicious - lots of citrusy hops in this one!

Taste follows suit nicely - very tasty blast of grapefruit hops with touches of pine and caramel. Just enough malt backbone to showcase the hops, but also nice and clean and definitely not syrupy. Nice.

Mouthfeel is rich but light on the tongue with a very nice carbonation level. Drinkability is exceptional.

Highly recommended. This really is a good, clean, not too malty San Diego DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 09:12:46 | More by rallison
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-15-2011 01:51:47 | More by ithinkimasofa
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nanobrew

California

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-14-2011 16:10:25 | More by nanobrew
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

03-14-2013 21:20:47 | More by RMoeNay
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fishguyac

Virginia

1/5  rDev -77.2%

11-08-2012 20:58:24 | More by fishguyac
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange brown with nice carbonation and medium body

S - Loads of pine with a light caramel malt backbone

T - Tons of pine up front that give it a good bitterness. Light caramel malt comes through in the background to give it a nice balance and sweetness

M - Thick with lots of resin that lingers on in the finish

O - Solid piney IPA that comes through with a lot of resin that lingers on.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 16:47:44 | More by jeonseh
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juliusseizure

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

02-03-2012 20:48:35 | More by juliusseizure
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scottyshades

Florida

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of mrmiles, thanks!

A: Pours a hop-hazed amber color with a thick, foamy eggshell color head. Retention is awesome. Lots of sediment in the bottle

S: As soon as I opened the cap I could smell citrusy hops...awesome. The nose is a mixture of piny/resiny hops along with citrusy hops, giving a solid grapefruit aroma. Also, the more it warms, the more tropical fruits I pick up...candied pineapple, mango, and apricot. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

T: Strong resiny and piny hops immediately greet the palate, along with a solid bitterness and underlying sweetness (honey?) that play on each other. There is a rubber-like aftertaste to it that kind of takes away from the flavor.

MF/D: Full in body, sticky feel to it, and a bitter resinous finish. Since the alcohol is so well hidden, this makes for a drinkable DIPA.

Notes: First beer from Alpine and it was awesome. Really need to get my hands on Nelson and Duet next.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 21:28:59 | More by scottyshades
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csustar001

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-06-2014 23:23:29 | More by csustar001
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mscudder

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -3%

03-06-2013 05:24:38 | More by mscudder
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Quackus

New York

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-21-2013 19:49:56 | More by Quackus
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to KingG for this one...
Pours a super clear copper color with a full finger of thick, bright white head that sticks around forever...the lacing is thick and has tremendous cling to the side of my snifter glass.
Huge fruity hops in the nose...mainly grapefruit and citrus and a subtle sweetness to balance it out.
The taste is great...a hefty malt backbone to counteract the huge bitter profile in this one...finishes pretty clean and the alcohol is well hidden for 8%, but does make an appearance in the last few swigs.
Mouthfeel is less than average for the style, but still not too thin...it is where I like to see my IPA's at.
Carbonation is where I like to see it and the finish is quite dry...very drinkable, as the bomber disappears very quickly.
A solid first for me from Alpine and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 00:15:21 | More by warriorsoul
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seaoflament

California

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish, golden color with a finger, or less, of fluffy white foam. I was a little disappointed at the lack of head on this one, after drinking YuleSmith yesterday this one was a bit mute on the look. Aroma is a nice range of citrus fruits, apple, sweet cherry and sticky, sweet malt. Some pine notes are also hidden in the back of the dominant citrus hops. The taste is surprisingly balanced. It is a well crafted DIPA but it didn’t wow me. The name “Pure Hoppiness” I was imagining a bitter bliss, but I didn’t get that with this beer because it has a very adequate amount of malt to tame this beer from being bitterer than it is. The mouthfeel is fairly silky and smooth without feeling like a big/heavy beer, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Still, this is a great DIPA that deserves the good reputation it has.

Serving type: bottle

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Boston_Steve

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3%

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fthegiants

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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VaTechHopHead


4.25/5  rDev -3%

02-19-2013 21:03:39 | More by VaTechHopHead
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kevanb

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hop monster pours a dark copper color, reminiscent of honey or a softer amber. It has a nice big thick head with large soapy bubbles at the summit that leaves behind exceptional lacing and has really nice retention, a big layer of soapy film completely covers the top of the beer all the way down. Massive citrus notes burst from the glass, tropical aromas of mango, pineapple compliment the lighter citrus elements followed by a strong backing earthy pine and bitter resins with just the faintest biscuit aroma and some rye or caraway notes. Citrus again leads the way on the tongue, mango, pineapple and almost some peach come forward too, bitter resinous pine and earthy tones with rye and biscuit brining up the back end. It certainly is a journey of flavors that starts bright and juicy and finishes dry, dank and bitter. Great body, very juicy while still being crisp and dry at the finish, perfectly compliments the flavors and no sign of alcohol even at 8%.

Verdict: Amazing hop bouquet, great balance with the complex variety of flavors and great dry bitter finish. One of the best examples of a west coast IPA, a treat to have each and every time.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 05:20:20 | More by kevanb
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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Houser

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

08-09-2013 16:51:36 | More by browniewithnuts
Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,880 ratings.